Category: What is The Establishment?

Reading the Tea Leaves on Trump

For several days, Donald Trump threatened to close the U.S./Mexico border (whatever that means) due to the immigration crisis. While many Trump fans cheered on his latest tough stance (Trump is, in the end, nothing but “stances,” in case you haven’t noticed), and the mainstream media ran with the “Trump is a scary ruffian” angle, I knew he wouldn’t do it.  How did...

Mueller Report Fever

“Aha!” shout the Trumpers.  Robert Mueller’s two-year investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election is now complete, and the final report recommends no further indictments. The cultists, of course, are declaring this a great victory over Trump’s critics, because it proves…well, it proves that contrary to everything they and their idol have been screaming and whining about for two years, Mueller wasn’t...

Money vs. Ideas

For the past several years I have been chronicling the fall of one “conservative media icon” after another, exposing their gradual submission to the Republican Party establishment, even as they tried (or pretended) to cater to their primary audience, namely the true believer hordes we used to flatteringly mistake for “grassroots conservatives.” The Trump era, however, has amplified the problem ten-fold, as Trump’s...

What a Principled Constitutionalist Does NOT Do

Ted Cruz, who for years banked his whole political career on being the most principled constitutionalist in the room, along with Ben Sasse, who has played for that same audience since beginning his political career, both voted to support Trump’s national emergency declaration, while simultaneously expressing “deep concerns” (aka backside-covering phony reservations) about giving any president such powers. In short, they just fell...

Poor Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum — how many remember that he was Ted Cruz’s predecessor as the GOP’s second-place finisher and last surviving grassroots candidate, destroyed by a united GOP establishment in the final stages of the previous Republican presidential primary process (2012)? — occasionally makes the news these days as a guest commentator on television. On most of these occasions, he is saying something reasonable...

Told You So

The Democratic Party desires amnesty for illegal immigrants, leading to citizenship, because they wish to unbalance the southern states in favor of socialist-raised, low-education drones who can be herded into buses to vote for government handouts, i.e., socialism. The Republican Party, owned by the Chamber of Commerce, desires amnesty because they want cheap, low-skilled labor, and regard electoral demographics as beneath them. In...

Winning!

Donald Trump and his owner, Mitch McConnell, spent two years of Republican control of the White House and Congress doing exactly nothing to advance Trump’s “signature campaign promise” (most hypnotizing cult mantra), “The Wall.” Then, with Democrats taking control of the House of Representatives, Trump rejected a deal that would provide less border funding than he allegedly wanted, which in turn was far...

NeverTrump Standard-Bearer Goes Full Limbaugh

Let me state my conclusion bluntly, right up front, in order to reject one sickening effect of the Trump era immediately, namely the recasting of wormlike obfuscation as a courageous moral stand: Erick Erickson has decided that the principles which led him to coin the hashtag #NeverTrump no longer apply. Erickson, the founder of RedState, with which he is no longer affiliated, and...

Notes From Underground (Rathole Edition) – Updated with More Rats

After three weeks of posturing about The Wall, in a life-or-death fight to gain approximately one-quarter of the funding supposedly required to build this imaginary barrier, Donald Trump has signed a makeshift temporary end to the government shutdown which provides exactly zero funding for any walls, real or imagined. Naturally, the agreement was forged by his literal “right-hand man” — i.e., his puppet-master...

Fake News

Some old fart decides to confront a bunch of high school students in MAGA hats. The teenagers try to act cool, hiding behind the safety of numbers to mock the confrontational old fart. In other words, a normal afternoon in any residential neighborhood in America; this is crabby Mr. Smith who lives on the corner, shouting over the fence at the noisy kids...